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With this bridle leather, the bottom side has a suede-like feel, and will shed a little at first use. This stops very quickly, even using your hand and running it the length of the strap will knock away the loose shavings and it will not continue. There is no color on the bottom side and thus will not color run onto light clothing.
The Water Buffalo versions are very beautiful in use, keep in mind that this finish has the potential to color bleed if saturated and worn on light clothing. If you wear white for the majority of your shoots please understand that color bleed can happen with Water Buffalo, we offer no returns for color bleed on this hide.
We at HF use REAL full grain leathers. As such, each hide will display the unique life that the animal lived showing scars from brands, barbed-wire cuts, stretch marks, insect bites, marks from birthing and even natural wrinkles, etc. One of the beauties of leather is that no two cowhides are alike, because each hide comes from animals that have lived different lives! These scars are not "defects" in the leather, but instead, proof that we actually use real full grain leather which is the absolute BEST leather money can buy. We do not throw out good hides because of scars, rather we embrace these natural markings as part of the story, to which you will now add to. So if you happen to receive a MoneyMaker or one of my products with a scar or brand in the leather, know that you now own a 1-of-a kind piece.
The Money Maker is built to last a lifetime and on all day shoots in any location—a movie set, wedding, urban jungle, or the wild wild west. EVERY MONEYMAKER IS MADE LOCALLY, RIGHT HERE IN OKLAHOMA!
Each MoneyMaker comes with EVERYTHING you need to shoot with two cameras including Sliders, safety catches & 2 Camera HoldFasts. Directions: 1. Install the Camera HoldFast (screw) into the tripod mount of your camera. 2. Install the split ring from the Safety Catch directly to the left side lug of your camera. 3. Attach the Sailboat clip (on the MoneyMaker Slider) to the screw loop, then attach the Safety Catch clip to the previously installed split ring on the left side. 4. Please refer to our videos page for more details and explanations.
ALWAYS remove your cameras and gear from the MoneyMaker before putting on and taking off the strap.
If you shoot with your long hair down we recommend making an order without the D rings for the ORIGINAL MoneyMaker, it is not necessary with the SKINNY MoneyMaker. To order WITHOUT D rings simply select that option in the drop down menu. If you don't know what d rings are, they are metal loops on the shoulder area of the MoneyMaker that you can attach things to…like on a backpack strap.
TM Registration No. 4,957,579
TM Registration No. 4,957,580
European Design Registration No. 002804864-0001
Original MoneyMaker is 1-1/2" wide.
Skinny MoneyMaker is 1" wide with 1-1/2" wide shoulder pads.
Fit is based on HEIGHT & BROADNESS. The ideal carrying position of the MoneyMaker is for the strap to fall about 4" below the armpit so the cameras stay high on the body.
SMALL= Height of 5'7" (170 cm) and below (if you are broad/built then size up)
MEDIUM= Height between 5'8"-6'2" (173 - 188 cm) (if you are slender then size down, broad or built size up)
LARGE= Height of 6'3" (191 cm) and above OR wear extra large clothing
Ideally, you want the straps of the MM to fall about 4-5" below the arm pits. Optimum fit will ensure the most comfort long term. If the MoneyMaker is worn too loose it causes the cameras to swing and sway too much, which puts pressure on your lower back while at the same time the straps will tend to move and slip more. When worn properly, the MoneyMaker will be anchored to the body and actually help to correct poor shooting posture by pulling your shoulders upright and back, keeping you and your cameras in line. So when the main straps are around 4” below the arm pit area, this in most cases will place the clip that attaches to the camera right around your waist line. So there should be a good amount of arm bend when your hand is on the camera at resting position and this is what you want!
Yes each MoneyMaker comes everything you need to shoot with two cameras. It comes with sliders and screws so you are ready to roll.
Yes, it’s been widely reviewed as THE BEST multi camera strap on the market because it does not cross over the chest in the front. It stays to the outside over your shoulders
Yes, the system is designed to carry 1, 2 or 3 cameras. To carry 1 camera you simply remove the slider on the side that doesn’t have a camera, then tighten that side up 1 or 2 notches tighter than the side with the camera. This will keep the camera strap anchored on the body and evenly distributing the weight.
Carrying a camera in the center position can always be added or removed. It’s simply making use of 2 Camera Leashes connected to the front set of d rings and then to the camera. If you buy in the 3 camera setup you get both included and at a package discount instead of just buying two camera leashes separately.
NO! Loads of sports, humanitarian, portrait, fashion, safari and conflict photographers use my straps.
Extremely well! A typical load out for a strap like this is a pro body with up to a 300 f/2.8 on one side and the 14-24 f/2.8 on the other. It can handle more weight than you can manage.
I stopped testing this after 246lbs because the machine that was doing the testing broke. It handles far more weight than you’ll actually connect to the HoldFast.
I actually hear this a lot, people say I like the strap but I’m not cool enough to pull it off. Well it’s designed to enhance your style along with being extremely comfortable. So we can ALL use more comfortable straps and since it enhances your look then of course it works with anything. This strap is FOR YOU!
Our Bridle Leather does start off a bit stiff, but our Water Buffalo and American Bison leathers start off very soft. The Bridle Leather will break in just like a fine boot. The more you use it the more it molds to your body proving to be an extremely comfortable fit over a few uses.
I love having the ability to carry smaller items when needed. I also love carrying a third camera in center position which is why the front set is there. The rear set will be used for future product releases.
If you have really long hair past your shoulders and you shoot with your hair down often then you should definitely order one without the d rings. Long hair can get tangled and pulled in the d rings.
It may seem so at first site, but once you put it on and connect your heavy cameras you’ll be amazed by how well it just blends into your style. It makes heavy cameras feel lighter and the natural hanging position for your cameras is just behind the midline of your body, making this a very streamlined approach to carrying big and heavy cameras.
Very safe! The main clip design is based on the clip that is used to attach the sail to a boat. These clips have to be extremely strong by supporting the full wind pressure exerted on a sail, however if the ropes get tangled the crew needs to be able to unclip and untangle very quickly and get it re-attached without missing a beat. I modified these clips to add a swivel, a longer pin draw and a stronger spring that all makes this clip even more durable.
And each clip also has a removable safety strap. This strap connect at the base of the clip and then to the side lug mount of the camera, this bypasses the screw and clip thus ensuring that if you had any malfunction you’d still be clipped in. Our straps are not intended for use in climbing or other extreme shooting situations.
Then you need to adjust the distance between strap to camera on the Adjustable Slider.
As with all colored leather there is the possibility of staining if the leather gets completely soaked. My Bridle leathers are completely natural at the base, the side against your clothes, so it is impossible for these to stain. The American Bison MoneyMakers are lined with cream glove leather so color run is not an issue. Water Buffalo can at times stain, but it's different from person to person.
Yes. It’s like fine boot the more you wear it the more it molds to your body thus giving you an optimum fit. After a couple uses you’ll already notice how soft the leather is getting.
Most certainly. Anytime the camera hangs in front of the body your lower back will hurt. Any time the camera hang directly to your sides then you shoulders and some lower back will hurt. The MoneyMaker has a completely different design then any other strap on the market by allowing the cameras to hang in the small of you back on either side. Because it’s designed to be worn high up on the body, this allows for the cameras to naturally hang behind your midline just around your belt area. This takes A LOT of pressure from the lower back and places it across the broadest strongest part of the back. You’ll be amazed by how good you feel after a long shoot with the MoneyMaker.
Extraordinarily so. Like I said earlier, you’ll be amazed by how good you feel after a long shoot with the MoneyMaker.It can maintain more weight than your body can handle.
No, it slides right up into position when you’re ready to take a photo.
This is a great question! Tropical environments can cause the metals to rust and the leather to dry out if the MoneyMaker is not maintained. This is easy to avoided though, simply make sure to wipe the metals dry when you put away your MoneyMaker after a shoot. If rust does occur we recommend using Blue Magic to clean away rust and protect against it happening again, there are a few other rust removers that work great as well. Conditioning the leather once a year is also a good idea!
We have three major things that keep the camera safe.
1. The Camera HoldFast is the screw that mounts to the tripod mount at the base of the camera. This screw has a one of a kind locking mechanism built into the threading of the screw. You’ll notice that it seems hard to screw in, keep going this is the mechanism working!
2. The sailboat clip outlined in question 12 is a locking clip. Very safe and extremely fast to operate.
3. Each clip comes with an optional safety strap. The user can choose to use it or remove it. It connects at the base of the clip and to the side lug mount of the camera. This bypasses any part of the system that has potential to fail.
By using the HoldFast Product the user hereby acknowledges and accepts that HoldFast, LLC will only be liable in any case for the value of the product and will not be liable in any case for any consequential damages.